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Sasha Johnson: BLM Activist in critical condition following London shooting

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BLM activist Sasha Johnson is in intensive care after the shooting in southeast London

Authorities took Sasha Johnson to intensive care after she sustained a gunshot to the head. The UK mother of two was a BLM activist.

London’s Metropolitan Police released a statement saying the shooting occurred near a house in Southwark, in the city’s southeast.

Her political party, Taking the Initiative Party, (TTIP) said she had previously received death threats due to her activism. However, London police say the shooting was not targeted.

Who was Sasha Johnson?

Johnson became a public figure during the UK Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.

She gained prominence as an organiser and speaker at Black Lives Matter protests around the United Kingdom in 2020.

“Sasha has always been actively fighting for black people and the injustices that surround the black community, as well as being both a member of BLM and a member of Taking the Initiative Party’s executive leadership committee,” the party statement said.

“She was a strong, powerful voice for our people and our community.”

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Johnson had previously been a vocal supporter of the campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University.  Rhodes was a British imperialist who wanted to continue British rule in South Africa.

Was this a targeted attack?

The police said the force’s Specialist Crime Command was investigating the incident.

“There is nothing to suggest that the woman who was shot was the subject of a targeted attack or that she had received any credible threats against her prior to this incident,” the statement said.

This claim was disputed by her TTIP, who say Johnson had received “several death threats”.

“This was a shocking incident that has left a young woman with very serious injuries. Our thoughts are with her family who are being provided with support at this terribly difficult time,” Detective Chief Inspector Jimi Tele said.

This comes after Tokyo banned olympians were from wearing BLM apparel..

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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